|Hughes STEM High School|
Hughes High School in 2017
2515 Clifton Avenue
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Cincinnati Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Laura Mitchell |
|Average class size||140|
|Color(s)||Red and White |
|Athletics conference||Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference|
|Team name||Big Red|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Athletic Director||Jolinda Miller|
Hughes as it appeared in the 1920s or early 1930s
The first Hughes High School was established in 1853 on property on Fifth and Mound streets.
The school owes its name to Thomas Hughes, an Englishman and shoemaker, who, by his will, dated December, 1826, left his property for a high school, which was built in 1853 at a cost of $23,375.
Thomas Hughes' vision, wherein he had bequeathed his land to be "applied to the maintenance and support of a school or schools in the City of Cincinnati for the education of poor destitute children whose parents or guardians are unable to pay for their schooling" came into fruition almost 30 years later. The first graduating class consisted of six girls and four boys. The school thereafter served a predominantly poor population of students.
Hughes Center was a team-based magnet school dedicated to the Paideia philosophy. The Paideia philosophy is based upon the belief that all students can be successful in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
Programs available at Hughes Center included:
The last principal of Hughes Center was Dr. Virginia Rhodes and the school program was closed with the graduating class of 2012.
Hughes STEM saw its first students in 2009. In response to national initiatives for STEM education in America's public schools, the school curriculum was redesigned to focus on related career fields. A NSF grant aimed at creating scalable models of STEM schools paid for much of the upstart and transition costs, many of which were related to technology equipment acquisition.
In 2011-2012 Hughes gained an 8th grade class and became a fully 7th-12th grade school the following school year.
The school is composed of four pathways:
The school is host to a robotics team, an academic team, and a science club.
Hughes is home to a number of teams for boys and girls, most of which compete in the CMAC. Those teams include football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, wrestling, cheerleading, dance, and track.